Australian Christian Homeschooling, Creationism by Stealth,and Killing Children's Critical Thinking Skills.

A recent article in many papers in Australia, highlight a rise in illegal homeschooling practices.

Example: 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-28/thousands-of-parents-illegall...

Though even those Christian homeschooling groups claiming legality are suspicious as I've found references to extremely delusional drivel in books by nutjob authors such as John D. Martin "Living Together On God's Earth", and even links to Christian book shops in Texas, and their A.C.E. texts.

One commercial Christian homeschooling network made this statement on their home page.

This group calls themselves: HomeSchool Christian Academy

URL: http://www.hscc.edu.au/

"Christian Worldview

Unlike the vast majority of Christian schools we do not use secular humanistic textbooks. We recommended resources that are all written with a Biblical  worldview. We believe it is important not to give children mixed messages in any area of their education."

Which translates into: We will not teach children to be critical thinkers, seek genuine truth nor follow the Australian national curriculum guidelines.

Another Christian group advertising homeschooling is: 

Kingsley Educational Pty Ltd

This group provides links to providers which stock creationist material.

This was not started by qualified educators  but a delusional family (hacks) who simply performed their own homeschooling and now make a business from it.

These groups are those publishing their homeschooling and consider themselves legitimate.

Yet, if they are giving an education where god is involved with science, imagine the stupidity that the illegal homeschooling community would likely be indoctrinating their children with.

Chances are that any of their homeschooled children wanting a career in the sciences, wouldn't have a hope, since there does not appear to be any genuine critical thinking taught in their system.

And critical thinking skills are extremely necessary for a career in science.

By denying children critical thinking skills in this age of information, is tantamount to committing child abuse.

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Comment by Michael Penn on February 2, 2015 at 3:47pm

I'm sure secular home education is very effective. The problem in my part of the country is that home schooling is almost always for religious reasons.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on February 2, 2015 at 2:37pm

Never a shortage of xian nutjobs these days. 

I want to weigh in a bit and make sure folks understand that this isn't an issue with homeschooling but an issue with idiotic and abusive parents. Secular home education can be incredibly effective.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2015 at 6:58am

>I enjoy gagging people, comes with my sadistic nature.

Everyone should have a hobby!

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on January 29, 2015 at 10:42pm

Thanks Bertold and Michael for those comments.

I enjoy gagging people, comes with my sadistic nature.

I just haven't mastered the next stages of bondage and discipline skills.

Thanks for that link to the Good News Club. 

I think governments either fold in when locals deem a practice popular, so as not to upset the votes for local members. If we want our local representative to stay, we'd better bend to local lobby groups.

Bugger the effect it has on the minds of innocents, as they cannot vote yet.

And when they do, they will stick to the same representatives as their deluded parents.

Governments are always more about votes than social justice.

The flaws in the legal systems of democratic nations are evidence of bias towards popular opinion rather than facts.

Which in a way is quite alaming and scary.

Even in a secular society, we cannot be certain children will be getting a secular education.

Here we have a National Curriculum that is supposed to ensure all children get a good grounding in critical thinking and science, especially a good knowledge of evolution.

Yet, it is constantly being undermined by religious organizations, either establishing their own schools, with the requirement that all teachers and school officials must be a member of their faith and follow their exclusive doctrines. 

Even the local Catholic schools, which do teach evolution, are increasing the push towards teaching religion and reducing the emphasis on critical, evidence based learning.

A child there would learn that evolution is a method used by god, but all the evidence against that fallacy is simply ignored.

As, we all know that critical, evidence based thinking is the enemy of all religions.

Even those claiming to be open to science.

Catholicism has learned this and are now closing the gate on critical thinking skills.

:-(~

Comment by Michael Penn on January 29, 2015 at 7:07pm

I hate the Good News Club and think they should stay away from schools totally. A second grader is not a "sinner." I pity children worldwide that are taught such nonsense in place of secular schooling. My life was screwed up enough as it was, but if I had this type of homeschooling I would have most likely ended up committing suicide. How can the parents possibly believe that they are preparing their child for life in the world? Teaching guilt and setting kids up for hardship is child abuse.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2015 at 8:52am

Thanks, Dog - you've managed to gag me before breakfast!

You might check out our sorely misnamed Good News Club here for more of the same.

A sample:

Can we really teach the Bible in public schools?

Yes! The Gospel has been taught freely in public schools all over the world for some time.  Now children in the U.S. have that opportunity, too!  In 2001 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Good News Clubs v. Milford Central School that Good News Clubs can meet in public schools in the United States after school hours on the same terms as other community groups.

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